Cleaning out the cobwebs. {and the fridge}

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I wake up early, the iPhone alarm softly singing to me, easing me into the day.

It takes me a full minute to remember what day of the week it is. The cobwebs lay thick and heavy in my brain.

I am not a morning person. Never have been. I’d be happy if no one would talk to me for at least an hour actually, as my previous roommates and husband of nearly 22 years will tell you.

I let the dogs out, wake up the kids, make myself an espresso, (always a double) then sit down at the kitchen table and think through my day.

Then I begin making a to-do list in my favorite polka dotted notebook from my trip home this summer.

My brain starts waking up, untangling itself and then spirals out of control. Like a rabbit hole, I start with one thought that leads to a hundred more.

Is this normal? Is it me, getting old? Losing my ability to focus? Or is it just life?

I’m not shocked anymore at the events that happen around me. I’ve learned to drive more aggressively, to hold my own in the grocery line or at the airport.

I love listening to my Italian neighbors chatter in the alley as I wash dishes at the sink.

I zip into and around the hundreds of round-a-bouts without thinking twice, breaking a sweat or getting dizzy.

I still laugh out loud, but am used to having zero personal space at the grocery store, on the sidewalk, in a café.

I’m even used to seeing grown Italian men peeing by the side of the road almost every single day.

But after living here almost a year and a half, I’m still surprised at the amount of thought every single daily chore takes. I wonder how the Italians do it?

Do their brains hurt at the end of the day from all the extra brain power that must be used to get through the day? Probably not, they are used to how things run (or don’t run) here. It’s part of their DNA, I’m pretty sure.

My DNA is so different. I’m American through and through, but I long to be Italian. I have a love affair with Italy and will never be the same after living here. But my head still swims in the details of living life in bella Italia!

My thoughts go something like this…

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Show me your neighborhood around the world! {Basiglio, Italy}

 

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Today I’m going to take you on a walk through my little Italian neighborhood!

I find it fascinating to learn about + see where other people live, and was thrilled when I found Annabelle’s blog and lovely project, Show me your neighborhood around the world last year.

It was so fun to read about other neighborhoods literally all around the world, that I thought it would be fun to join in. I signed up for it earlier this year, and today it’s my turn to share!

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One Day.

 

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One day.

Today I am joining in the fun of the One Day Hollywood Housewife project. The idea behind this is documenting the little details in our lives. The things that aren’t usually “post worthy”.

If you’ve never met Laura, from Hollywood Housewife, you really should!

I’ve never met her either, but you know how online friends are, they share their lives and suddenly you feel like you are buddies. I mean that in the most nice + non-creeper way possible. ha!

Laura blogs about her life as wife, mom and friend- living in Hollywood. She shares lots of fun stuff, and stuff that makes me think..

Anyway, I’m jumping in to this project today. Come follow along on Instagram… Or better yet, join in wherever you are!

It will be great fun! You can search #OneDayHH over there and see posts from all over the world- the little details of peoples lives, which I find FASCINATING!

I have no idea what my day will hold, other than it’s a busy one- hence the ginormous coffee cup in my first picture above.

I’m getting ready to head out of town for a few days so it will be filled with exciting stuff like grocery shopping for my family, a quick trip to the mall for last minute things for my kids, and packing.

Tomorrow I’m headed to Salone del Gusto in Torino, something I’ve dreamed of attending for years. Can’t wait to share my delicious finds with you…

 

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I can’t wait to look back at the end of the day what the snapshot of this chapter of our lives looks like.

A fun perspective for sure.

 

<3 H

 

Bergamo. {travel tuesday}

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 Bergamo | October, 2014

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Summer Farro Salad.

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Have you ever tried Farro?

I had it for the first time when I was in Umbria a few years ago. We tried it first in a salad similar to this one. Then in soup, and in a risotto with shaved truffles.

We were hooked!

Farro is an ancient grain that has been eaten for centuries by the ancient Romans and people near the Mediterranean.

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It is used in soups, salads, or side dishes. It can replace rice, wheat berries or quinoa in almost any recipe.  It’s delicious in risotto, replacing the usual Arborio rice.

I love to use it in tabbouleh, or make a side dish with farro, pesto, pine nuts and cherry tomatoes. So simple and delicious.

But this way is my absolute favorite!

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